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Subject: What to use to glue Acrylic to Acetate? rss

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Felipe Silveira
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Hello,

I finally could get an Eclipse Population Tray laser cut on acrylic!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hw4h7ygkpube938/2016-08-24%2018.31...

I remember reading somewhere (I couldn't find the link again, though ) that is a good idea to glue a transparent sheet under it, so it can both support the cubes and to be used as a storage contained after the game.

So I decided to get some transparencies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparency_(projection)), which apparently are acetate sheets, to glue on the population trays.

I've searched a LOT, but couldn't find what is the correct glue to use (which is probably an adhesive to glue polycarbonate-to-policarbonate). I'm afraid to use a random glue and either damage the acrylic or make it cloudy.

Do you guys know what kind of glue should I use?

I probably can't find the specific brands where I live, so, I'll need to find the kind of glue a brand is, if that's the case

Thank you very much in advance!
 
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Jeff Saxton
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I never had any luck doing these together, other than using a superglue. MEK might give some bite, but the hazards outweigh it.

You could get some thin clear styrene, but it will scratch and fog over time and use.
 
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Kiai Weidemann
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I often check out this web site. http://www.thistothat.com/
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John Gosland
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Acrylic Cement, this sets fast so get it right first time.

https://www.amazon.com/SCIGRIP-10315-Acrylic-Cement-Low-VOC/...
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Felipe Silveira
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Mack_me_Bucko wrote:
I never had any luck doing these together, other than using a superglue. MEK might give some bite, but the hazards outweigh it.

You could get some thin clear styrene, but it will scratch and fog over time and use.


Superglue (cyanoacrilate) seems to add a cloudy appearance in it, sadly

kiaiweidemann wrote:
I often check out this web site. http://www.thistothat.com/

I've already seen that, but there is no entry for the materials I need

Wallbanks wrote:
Acrylic Cement, this sets fast so get it right first time.

https://www.amazon.com/SCIGRIP-10315-Acrylic-Cement-Low-VOC/...


Just in case, is "Acrylic Cement" the same thing as "Acrylic Glue" ?
On my language, I can't find any reference specifically to Acrylic Cement.

If it it, I'll try that, thank you!
 
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albert dimayuga
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How about hot-melt glue (the ones you use on glue guns)?
 
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James Hébert
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Here are some ideas.

Plasti-ZAP superglue for clear plastics
http://www.supergluecorp.com/?q=zap/zap-glues/plasti-zap

Also, if you have access to Future (or its current equivalent) it appears you can seal the parts first. http://www.swannysmodels.com/Canopies.html -and- http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html
 
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I have not tested with your particular combination of materials, but my experience with "Formula 560 Canopy Glue" has always been positive. It is a slow drying white liquid that dries clear. It does well gripping a variety of plastics, including polypropylene which has a reputation for resisting other plastic glues. Formula 560 Canopy Glue also remains flexible after curing, which may be especially beneficial since the transparency sheet you are wanting to glue is not at all rigid.

I would caution you about one detail. Some transparency sheets are coated wih an emulsion designed to allow their use in ink jet printers. That emulsion may interfere with whatever glue you end up using. I would advise testing a scrap before committing to the final piece.
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Michael Boggs
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Slounger wrote:
I would advise testing a scrap before committing to the final piece.


Always good advice.
 
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